Team building retreat at Koh Dach island
Praise the Lord! The Pleroma School for Girls has hired three local teachers, and we’re in full speed preparing the new syllabus, admission and miscellaneous items. In the past few months during our close cooperation, I got to know more in depth how the locals work.
Recently all three teachers had to take sick leave for a prolonged period of time. One teacher, who worked for a month, had to take leaves due to lymph node infection and stress; another teacher who worked for just 10 days acquired food poisoning due to unclean food and needed to rest for a couple days; then another teacher went for an OBGY checkup and ended up having a surgery in the hospital.
One by one, each young teacher has had to take leave due to physical and psychological reasons. I’m in total sympathy after understanding their situations. However, these sick leaves made me realize, although the local teachers are very faithful and competent, when they encounter any family, working, or personal issues, their capability to handle the issues and stress are very limited. Thus they need to take leaves to recoup, and will inevitably affect the working schedule and progress.
Visiting the construction site
I was hoping that the Pleroma School for Girls could be localized as soon as possible, so that the locals and the community could “own” this school. However, in reality, I realize that while both I and the local teachers have to work as a team in full speed, we really need to overcome lots of constraints and practical issues, and this road of “localization” is definitely not easy. This also made me reflect that, in the area where I have to work with the local coworkers, I need to be more patient and more understanding, but not blaming and complaining in order to solve the problem. I also need to pray for them and let God lead, so that God can mold and change their life. Of course I will really need your prayers and support.
Although the road ahead is not easy, God still arranged helpers from all over the world. For example, two students from the China Graduate School of Theology came to the Pleroma Home for Girls to serve for two months, and Joyce from Mainland China also came to the organization to serve our ministry. All these made me experience God’s faithful provision. May the Lord continue to lead us and keep us, and may brothers and sisters continue to remember and pray for our ministry.
Pleroma Ministry Team's morning devotion
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